Counting Blessings

My last class with The Labouré Society recently ended – my head is still spinning and my heart is still swelling with gratitude to God and those who stepped forward to help me finish strong!  And right now I am so excited to be sitting in Minneapolis, Minnesota with the next class of twelve aspirants, this […]

Delay of Vocations for Religious Who Professed Perpetual Vows in 2013

A recent study reveals that of those who professed perpetual vows in 2013 (meaning they entered an average of six to eight years ago), approximately 10% of them were delayed in entering formation by an average of 2 years because of student loans. Today, one in three applicants to religious communities have student loans; how […]

New Vocations For Christmas?

It’s All Hallow’s Eve, the unofficial start of the holiday season, at least in the malls and stores. It also marks a milestone for The Labouré Society. We are now over a third of a way through our fundraising term and have a short two months to reach our fundraising goal. Our hope is to […]

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

April has been a blur.  It started gloriously with Easter, then continued to pick up speed.  My parents and I continued to paint, pack, reorganize and prep the house for sale, with my brother and his family coming over most every weekend to lend a helping hand.  The upside is the project is nearly done […]

What Joy!

St. Augustine once wrote, “To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.”   It is with great joy that one of my fellow The Labouré Society aspirants from the Winter class crossed the cloister threshold and entered Bethlehem Monastery of […]

Challenge: 40 in 40 for Vocations!

Lent. It’s a time of preparation, of being stretched and challenged in our faith by means of prayer, penance and almsgiving. For forty days, we are led by the Holy Spirit to fast and pray, to turn our hearts more fully to our Heavenly Father through Jesus. Part of this return to Christ is living […]

Women Religious

My community, the Dominican nuns at Corpus Christi Monastery (Menlo Park, CA) have just released a video (their first) on YouTube! When I first saw the video, I must confess, tears welled up.  For me, the pictures bring back memories of all my visits and my time inside the cloister for my aspirancy.  These women […]

Help Wanted

As with any family, there are certain expressions that you hear frequently inside a monastery.  One that sticks in my mind is, “nothing goes to waste.”  When living under a vow of poverty, it’s amazing how creative you can be in using and reusing ordinary items.  Necessity is truly the mother of invention and there […]

Hot off the Presses!

Over the “bootcamp” retreat weekend with The Laboure Society, we had many guests, one of whom was Susan Klemond with National Catholic Register.  Her article was published online this afternoon and may be found here. Please pass it on!

Looking for Vocations? We’re Here!

There’s an old story that goes like this: a man was in his house as flood waters began to surround it.  Soon, the water was inside his first floor, so he scrambled to the second floor, and began to pray God would rescue him.  Not long after, a man came by in a row boat, […]